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Statement on High Representative’s Decision on Enacting the Law on Amendment to the Criminal Code of BiH
July 23, 2021

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Genocide denial and war criminal glorification are unacceptable and undermine the mutual trust needed to bring BiH forward on its EU path. The outgoing High Representative’s action demonstrates the gravity he places on this issue as a matter of BiH stability and underscores the continuing imperative that all in BiH contribute to reconciliation. The criminal code amendment is a starting point for more concrete debate and steps by local actors when it comes to practical implementation.

We must underscore that the genocide at Srebrenica is not a matter of debate, but of historical fact.  It is likewise important to emphasize that these terrible crimes are not a reflection or condemnation of an entire people. Glorification of war criminals by any party or disrespecting the suffering endured by each community in BiH dishonors the memory of the victims and undermines reconciliation.  It is time to truly turn to a future based on peace and mutual trust.

We support the efforts of anyone in BiH aimed at improving the foundations for peace and a more prosperous future and the mandate of the High Representative in supporting and facilitating implementation of the civilian aspects of the DPA.